Floppy Disk Available Space and OS X

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  1. beebarb macrumors 6502

    beebarb

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    I have recently bought an external USB floppy drive to access many of my old floppies.
    There's a bit of a weird issue going on when trying to access the disks.

    For some reason OS X is reporting the capacity like it should, saying the capacity is 1.5MB, but when it gets to reporting the available space, it starts getting weird.

    Initially when I tried the drive, it said a disk had something like 178MB available.
    Today, it's saying the disks I am using have about 4.0-4.5MB available.

    For a few days OS X was accurately reporting the available space, but it's flipping out again.

    Anyone know why this is happening, and/or how to get OS X consistently reporting the free space correctly?
    All the disks are formatted using FAT12.

    I'm in the process of getting what I need off the disks, reformatting and relabelling them so they can be re-purposed.
     
  2. Shirasaki macrumors 603

    Shirasaki

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    Floppy disks. I still have quite a lot unused at home, although we no longer use it. ;)

    Talking about reporting available storage, OS X now cannot even figure out how much space local disk have and how much is occupied by apps/music etc. :rolleyes:So I think there is no way to fix it. But maybe, there are terminal settings which could help you out somehow.
     
  3. dsemf macrumors regular

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    I would try using the df command in a terminal window.

    DS
     
  4. beebarb thread starter macrumors 6502

    beebarb

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    I recently tried Path Finder out of curiosity, and it seems to confirm that the erroneous available space reading is quite possibly a bug with the Finder.

    When using Path Finder, the available space on my floppy disks is correctly reported.
     
  5. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    OP wrote:
    "When using Path Finder, the available space on my floppy disks is correctly reported."

    Then use PathFinder instead of the finder.
    Problem solved.
     
  6. beebarb thread starter macrumors 6502

    beebarb

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    No, the problem isn't solved just worked around.
    A workaround isn't a solution.

    Ideally I don't want to have to use anything else.
    I should just be able to access the drive in any file manager and see the information correctly reported.

    The Finder does not, so there is a problem.
     
  7. mag01 macrumors regular

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